Top 5 Tips for First-Time Homebuyers

First-time homebuyers

Shopping for first-time homebuyers can be overwhelming if you don’t know where to start! Here are the top 5 tips for the first-time homebuyers: Build your team One of the best decisions to make in the early stages of preparing to buy a home is to start building yourself a team of trusted professionals. First, contact a Mortgage Broker who can help you with your long-term financial goals and from there you will want to find a realtor, lawyer and home inspector. Determine what you can afford It is financially savvy to first talk to a professional Mortgage Broker and…

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Why do Lenders ask for Employment letters?

employment letters

Why do Lenders ask for Employment letters? Checking for employment letters might seem like just one more piece of paper, but it’s important.  It’s due diligence.  And it works on your behalf. A borrower will provide employment letters if requested when applying for a mortgage.  You will also need a current pay stub dated within 60 days. The mortgage broker informs the borrower for additional income documents.  A lender requests the most recent 2 years Notice of Assessments or T1 Generals (tax return) or T4s certainly if overtime or bonus income is used to qualify. Employment letters should provide the…

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What is the biggest misconception with using a Mortgage Broker?

Residential Mortgage Lenders

What is the biggest misconception with using a Mortgage Broker? One of the biggest misconceptions of using mortgage brokers is that brokers place their residential mortgages with private lenders and not banks.  That is misguided information often passed down to borrowers. There are 3 types of residential mortgage lenders that borrowers are placed with. What are the Different types of Residential Mortgage lenders? ‘A’ Lenders – ‘A’ Lenders are the big name Banks, Credit Unions and Monoline lenders.  The big name Banks in the broker channel are Scotia, TD, and ATB.  Brokers in Alberta can deal with Servus Credit Union and First Calgary. There are different Credit Unions that…

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8 Things to Consider Before you sign your Mortgage Renewal

Mortgage Renewal

8 Things to Consider Before you sign your Mortgage Renewal Approximately 47% of mortgages renew this year. There are several things to consider before you sign your next mortgage renewal! Have you explored all your options? Once you receive your mortgage renewal statement, there’s nothing easier than simply signing on for another term. But while this may make sense in many cases, your family or financial situation may have changed over time.  We can look for opportunities that could better meet your needs. Are you comfortable with your payments? If you’ve been feeling financially strapped each month making your mortgage…

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9 Things to do before you list your home for sale

Home for sale

9 Things to do before you list your home for sale Thinking of putting your home for sale? A homeowner can be well prepared by following these 9 things to do before you list your home for sale. 1. Know why you really want to go Some reasons are obvious, such as the need to sell if you’re moving to another city or putting in an offer on a new home. Other needs may be less definite, such as outgrowing your space or concerns about cash flow. By working with a mortgage professional, you can assess financing options and the…

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6 Mortgage terms Homebuyers should know

6 Mortgage Terms Every Homebuyer should know

Mortgage terms can be daunting for a homebuyer . Understanding these 6 mortgage terms homebuyers should will be helpful when you consider buying your first home! Here are the 6 Mortgage Terms: High-ratio mortgage A Homebuyer that purchase a home with a downpayment of less than 20% will have a high-ratio mortgage. All high-ratio mortgages are covered by mortgage loan insurance also known as mortgage insurance. The three mortgage default insurers in Canada are CMHC, Genworth and Canada Guaranty. Low-ratio mortgage Also known as a conventional mortgage, a low-ratio mortgage is one where the homebuyer has made…

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3 Quick Tips for Making an Offer on a Home

Making an Offer on a Home? Ideal homes often receive offers within days of being listed.  A buyer can increase their chances of securing their ideal home by being prepared! 3 Quick Tips for Making an offer on a Home: 1) Visit a Mortgage Broker Sit down with a Mortgage Broker and find out what you qualify for. It isn’t just about getting preapproved with a great rate.  It is about being prepared for when you do put an offer in. Know what you qualify for, know roughly what your payments will be and what costs are associated with purchasing…

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Interest Rates Rise

House Hunting: 5 Tips to help with the Homebuying Process
Prime Interest Rate Increased: What is the affect on your Variable Rate Mortgage?  It had been anticipated that Bank of Canada was going to increase their lending rate and they did by 0.25%.  Banks followed suit and increased their prime lending rate by 0.25%. There has been quite a stir recently putting many homeowners in a panic that rates were going to spike up quickly and concerns with those who are currently in variable rate mortgages. Banks prime rate increased to 2.95%, just under 3% that it was at September 2010.  It is a small increase of a quarter of percent. Nothing too major. My inbox and phone has been going steady with homeowners concerned with these changes.  Let’s have a look at the historical rates and the impact a 0.25% increase has on mortgage payments.

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What Are Your Real Closing Costs?

What are closing costs?

What are Closing Costs? Congrats! You saved for a downpayment and now you are ready to buy. The mortgage and downpayment cover the purchase price of the home. There are other costs involved with purchasing a home, referred to closing costs. Consider these when you are budgeting for the full cost of your purchase Appraisal: If you are purchasing a private sale, you will require an appraisal. If you are purchasing a home with 20% down, chances are you may need an appraisal as well. Approx. cost $250-$350. Home Inspection: Whether you are buying a brand new home or an…

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Downpayment Options

Downpayment options

What Are My Downpayment Options? One of the biggest challenges of home ownership is saving the required downpayment. Your lender will be looking for a minimum 5% down payment on your property. There are generally 5 options available. Your down payment can come from more than one source. Using Your Own Savings or Investments One of the most straight forward down payment options is your own savings or investments.  You will need to provide recent 3 month bank statements to show the history of the savings.  It is required that the full amount of  savings for your down payment must be in…

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